I had a video interview yesterday and I have a feeling that the following three questions may have been inappropriate to ask. Since this has been mind-boggling, I'm asking for the thoughts of experts here.
During the interview, I was asked about my salary expectation. So I mentioned that I was already aware of the salary range since they published it in the job posting on Indeed. Then I asked the following two questions.
- Is there overtime pay? They said there isn't.
- How many hours would I be working per week actually. They said I should expect at least two hours of overtime per day; so more than ten hours of overtime per week. However, they mentioned that I may work from home in the evening and night.
Given that I'm unemployed now, I didn't want to shoot a high number. The range itself isn't high; I see that the upper end is just about the average nationwide entry-level salary of my profession on Glassdoor although the average nationwide entry-level salary of my profession on Indeed is just about at the range's midpoint. I have about five years of experience although not exactly in the field they're seeking.
So I just called the lower end number which is about $10k below the average nationwide entry-level salary of my profession on Glassdoor. But I asked the following since I'm expected to overtime at least 10 hours per week and there is no overtime pay.
- Can I get one or two extra weeks of vacation? (Maybe I should have clearly expressed that this is a compensation for going low in my salary expectation.)
They explained their vacation policy which is very generous in my opinion. Hence I took back this question and I said I don't need beyond their policy. However, I think it might have left a bad impression. I just wanted to get some compensation for unpaid overtime in the form of vacation after all. If I were to multiply the figure I called by 0.8 (considering it's for 50 hours) to convert it into 40-hour basis, my salary would be $20k below the average entry-level on Glassdoor. But then I'm unemployed for over a year.
As experts, how do you think? Are those three questions no-no to ask during the interview? I just asked them because they asked my salary expectation and I needed the info to call a figure. I asked if they could provide me a figure instead of the range, but they wouldn't. Thank you for your help.
Edited to add: The office is located in the United States, but the company is from one of East Asian countries; CJK to be more specific. (China, Japan or Korea)